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Catholic Prayer: Solemn Announcing of Movable Feastdays on Epiphany


This is from the Roman Pontifical. For its beauty and impressiveness and because it may be peformed by one lesser than a prelate, it is included among these rites for Epiphany in the Roman Ritual from 1952, translated by Philip Weller.

On the Epiphany of our Lord, after the Gospel has been sung, an archdeacon, canon or beneficiary, or another (as local custom warrants), vested in cope, goes to the ambo or pulpit or place where the gospel usually is chanted. There, according to an ancient practice of holy Church, he announces the movable feastdays of the current year, using the rite described below.


Know ye, beloved brethren, that as by God's favor we rejoiced int eh Nativity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, so, too, we announce to you the glad tidings on the Resurrection of our Savior. The Sunday of Septuagesima will fall on _______________________________.

Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the most holy Lenten fast on _____________________________.

On _________________________ you shall celebrate the greatest joy the holy Pasch of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The Ascension of our Lord, Jesus Christ will occur on ________________________.

The Feast of Pentecost on ______________________.

The Feast of Corpus Christi on _________________________.

November ____________________ (or December ___________) will usher in the Advent of our Lord, Jesus Christ, to Whom be glory and honor eternally. Amen.

Prayer Source: Roman Ritual, The, Complete Edition by Philip T. Weller, S.T.D., The Bruce Publishing Company, Milwaukee, WI, 1964
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